what are we going to do

Anita Cholewa anita at MOZART.CBS.UMN.EDU
Wed Oct 23 14:06:39 CDT 1996


It's a little disconcerting to hear that the Nature
Conservancy will only provide funding (for research on
an organism/community) after it has become rare.  It's
also disconcerting to hear that the Nature Conservancy
may offer money for describing new species.  Both of
these ideas suggest a scenario to me that will lead to
increased degradation of communities ("why should we
care about this oak forest, it has no rare organisms")
and to increased adnauseum splitting of species where
it may not be taxonomically warranted ("if I say these
examples of variation within a species are really species
then I can fund this closely related project").
This is not what I thought the Nature Conservancy was about
Perhaps this is not really what Mr. Shuey meant?

A.F.C.
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